Nov 20th 2010

Goodbye Turquoise

@ LVL3

1452 N Milwaukee Ave, 3, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, November 20th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, December 12th

Goodbye Turquoise showcases the work of artists invited to explore and pay homage to the color turquoise in conjunction with the “Pantone 2010 Color of the Year.” Pantone LLC is considered an authority on color and influences color exploration and creative expression. They are also known for their innovations with the standardization of color matching and began selecting the color of the year series in 2007.

Old master painters who did not have Pantone to look towards for creative expression looked toward religion. Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci would incorporate turquoise and other hues of blue into their frescos and oil paintings because the colors represented religious symbolism. In modern days, abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman would calm the eye with his almost monochromatic canvases using different hues of blue one of them being turquoise.

From innovative art movements to religion, fashion and design you will see in almost every culture that the color turquoise has historical and contemporary relevance. Goodbye Turquoise celebrates the closing of Pantone’s color of the year and surveys the artistic exploration of this color by contemporary artists.

Work by Samantha Bittman, James Cooper, Racer Levan, Montgomery Perry Smith and Leslie Supnet.

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